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UPDF 2 INFANTRY DIVISION

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Commanders over the years

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Commanders over the years

Last updated Jan 15, 2016

In 1986, Lt Col Jackson Bell the NRA Commanding Officer of 55th battalion created a platoon size marine force at Ggabba and appointed Lt Paddy Ssekyalo as its commander. The Marine then was equipped with fibreglass canoes, Zodiac rigged hulled inflatable boats as well as aluminum canoes. 25 HP and 75 HP outboard engines were used to power the vessels.  

 

In 1987, when 79th battalion under Maj Ndugutse relieved 55th battalion, Lt Kayima was appointed as a platoon commander.

The Marines strength was increased by a section. During this period NRA begun programs aimed at human resource training, using instructors from the defunct Uganda Railways. Training opened the need for equipment and further training abroad. In the subsequent years, the marine’s strength was increased to a company. Over the years, the Marine Unit has been commanded by, Lt David Ekabu (now Lt Col) 1986, Lt Ahabwe Kyatukwire (1987) and Capt James Rubahika (now Lt Col) 1998/2003 and Capt Memory Bariyo (now Lt Col) 2003.

 

In 2003, the Commander In Chief of the UPDF designated the Marine as a battalion in the newly formed Presidential Guard Brigade and appointed Capt Isaac Sebulime (now Lt Col) as Commanding Officer. When the Marines deployed in Mogadishu in May 2007, there was need to expand the Marines to handle the envisaged roles efficiently. In December 2007, Capt Munyua (now Maj) was appointed Commanding Officer of the Marines battalion.

 

In May 2008, Lt Col Michael Nyarwa (now Col) was tasked to develop a concept that would be a basis for expansion of UPDF Marines given our maritime safety and security needs. In May 2010, the Commander In Chief created a Marine Brigade in the UPDF and appointed Col Michael Nyarwa as its commander  and Lt Col Isaac Sebulime as the Brigade Operations and Training Officer.